The Christmas TV Strategy Guide 2015 – December 24th
0905 – BBC1 – Nothing says Christmas Eve like a live action Disney film from the 70s
1030 – Very possible Tim Allen’s best (live action) film and a proper Christmas treat
1055 – C4 – One of the best interpretations of a Dr Seuss story with it’s heart totally in the right place
1150 – FiveUSA – Eastwood’s secret best film? Very possibly.
1300 – BBC2 – Singing nuns. Oh yes.
1340 – ITV3 – It’s bloated and too long but those songs and Gene Wilder make for a treat
1415 – If you want all of the Christmas then C4 take a good stab at it right here; a Christmas classic film followed by both Snowmen shows? Good lord
1550 – BBC1 – It may not be that Christmassy but it sure is a good film
1550 – ITV1 – Chevy Chase didn’t make a good film for, what, about ten years after this? And this isn’t his best but gets by on Christmas Spirit alone
1720 – BBC1 – Last year this was a pretty fun little watch, so hopefully the sequel will be as well
1720 – Five – Until Bill Murray and the The Muppets came along this was the definitive version of A Christmas Carol
1725 – ITV2 – We may have mentioned Nightmare already but this is a good opportunity to compare and contrast: the high tech but dead eyed Polar Express versus the stop motion gorgeousness of the Tim Burton film. There’s only really one winner.
1955 – Five – A laid back pair of shows here; firstly mid-70s Sinatra and Gene Kelly surely can’t be anything less than a treat to watch then one with Crosby and Sinatra in their 50s heyday? Superb
2100 – E4 – There may be a lot of issues with the tone of the film but Liam Neeson helps to anchor everything with some of the finest phone acting you’ll ever see
2100 – ITV2 – The start of Craig’s Bond was off to a flying start and proved he really was born for the role
2100 – More 4 – This may have already been highlighted but this time its followed by some of the best episodes of any sitcom ever. So there’s that
2300 – Five Eric and Ernie defined Christmas TV, which this isn’t but a live show of the two in their 70s prime should still make for essential viewing
2305 – MovieMix – Ah, the Mariachi. This film is just about the best of the trilogy thanks mainly to the astounding gun fight in the bar.
2325 – Film4 – One of the best comic adaptions that no one went to see. The fact that this isn’t an ongoing movie franchise is the real crime
2330 – BBC2 – Hitchcock in his fifties pomp? Grace Kelly? Murders? Doesn’t get much better than this
0000 – ITV – Bring in Christmas Day with this classic, a brilliant time travel film and an absolute hoot of a watch